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The Racist Roots of Obama’s Preventive Detention

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    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    With his claim to the right to kill and indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or trial, President Obama “has crossed a Constitutional Rubicon that would have been beyond the capacity of George Bush or any white Republican.” The groundwork for Obama’s nullification of the rule of law was laid through federal “prosecutions whose sole purpose has been to establish that there exists an ‘enemy within’ U.S. borders, that it is largely Black as well as Muslim, and which requires a greatly expanded police state with extraordinary powers.”

     

    The Racist Roots of Obama’s Preventive Detention

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The national security state has proven adept at using race, ethnicity and class like battering rams to demolish Constitutional protections.”

    It should have been clear that the United States was on the road to preventive detention of U.S. citizens back in 2006, when the federal government went after the so-called Liberty City Seven, Black men from Miami’s poorest ghetto who were charged with plotting terrorist attacks. With unrelenting zeal, the U.S. Justice Department pressed the case that men who were too poor to escape their own devastated neighborhood – some of whom were actually homeless – represented a grave danger to the United States. They were charged with plotting to bring down the Sears Tower, even though only one of them had ever been to Chicago, and none knew anything about explosives. It took three trials to convict five of the Liberty City Seven, who were sent to prison during President Obama’s first year in office. They have since been joined by the Newburgh 4 and many others, in prosecutions whose sole purpose has been to establish that there exists an “enemy within” U.S. borders, that it is largely Black as well as Muslim, and which requires a greatly expanded police state with extraordinary powers.

    Before one can successfully eviscerate the Constitution in the name of national security, one must first demonstrate to the public that there exists a class of people for whom the new laws are intended, fellow citizens whose presence is such a danger to society that the rule of law as previously understood should no longer apply. Under George Bush and Barack Obama, the FBI has dedicated vast resources to conjuring up the specter of dark and dangerous internal enemies – with an emphasis on “dark.” The FBI chose to troll its informants and their fishhooks dangling with money among the poor of the Liberty Citys and Newburgh New York’s of the nation, creating a profile of the kind of people that the law should not protect. Under both Republicans and Democrats, the national security state has proven adept at using race, ethnicity and class like battering rams to demolish Constitutional protections.

    Once Obama took unto himself the power to assassinate his fellow Americans without trial or charge, preventive detention of citizens became inevitable.”

    It is a great historical irony that the election of the First Black President has vastly accelerated the assault on the most elementary rights to due process – rights without which the rule of law simply disappears. A man who looks like the ethnic group that is most opposed to abuses of state power, a constitutional lawyer from the group that has suffered the most from arbitrary imprisonment, is leading the charge towards indefinite preventive detention of U.S. citizens. Barack Obama announced his principled support for preventive detention only a few months into his term, in the spring of 2009. He didn’t specifically include U.S. citizens in his framework of detention, back then, but once Obama took unto himself the power to assassinate his fellow Americans without trial or charge, preventive detention of citizens became inevitable. Obama has crossed a Constitutional Rubicon that would have been beyond the capacity of George Bush or any white Republican. He is, by these deeds alone, the most effective evil on the political scene, today. But Obama's nullification of the rule of law was ultimately made possible because this country remains so eager to deny Constitutional protections to Black and poor people, like the Liberty City Seven. Its citizens will sacrifice their own freedoms, just to spite the rights of darker people. And that is how they will lose those freedoms.

    For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

    BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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    Even Congress is not immune. The fools.

    It's ugly.  The Senate passes a military appropriations bill with some nasties "tucked in": indefinite detention, waterboarding now "legal" (only in the law, not in reality of international law), lack of access to lawyers (as in Habeas corpus?) - but the members of Congress are not exempt from the "reaches" of the "law".  Thanks for writing about the topic,G. Ford. 

    Rule of the Lawless

    Thanks Mr. Ford for a breakdown of the preventive detention Rule of The Lawless.  We are always told about “The Rule of Law” and how it is the corner stone of our democracy but I would like to suggest it is the “Rule of the Lawless” that has now takes precedence over any rule of law.

     

    Under the “Rule of the Lawless” all of us are now considered suspects problems and threats to the ability of the Lawless to rape pillage and plunder us to no end.  As you have clearly stated in order to make this bent and twisted concept stick (as bone dead ignorant as most of us in this country are it doesn’t take much) the Lawless use Law Enforcement apparatus to CREATE villains out of people who don’t have the ability to get out of their own way, much less plan and or perpetrate a crime on the scale and magnitude that they are accused of.  It is no surprise that the places where they go to cull and create these threats are in mostly poor/Black communities.  Our communities are the only communities that have absolutely no control on what happens or goes on in them and that is by design not chance.  So there are always opportunities to create suspects and threats to no end in the Hood.

     

    The government (Rethugs and Demowits alike) are laying the ground work so that they can pin bulls eyes on all of our backs and then sick the FBI DEA or some other alphabet SWAT TEAM to kick down our door and perp walk us to so detention center never to be seen or heard from again (it’s called disappearing someone).  African American and other poor communities will provide the patsies that will give substance to the “Rule of Lawlessness” so that they can criminalizes the entire nation and here we are thinking this is the post racial era NOT!!!

     

    Peace

     

    S Murph

    Inept Leaders Cause Blacks to be Used as Fodder for the System!

    Inept Leaders. such as President Barack "the Magic Negro" Obama and/or other no good elected officials who disgrace the essense of what it means to be an elected official or servant of the people, cause law abiding U.S. born descendants of slavery to be used as "fodder for the system".

    President Barack Obama is But One of Multiple Sellouts!

    http://www.ceyseau.net/

    Source: Ceyseau(dot)net and inept leaders

    I'm against President Barack Obama, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, 33rd Congressional District Congresswoman Karen Bass, 2nd District LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, and/or other black people in policy making positions, be it past or the present, because he or she do not use his or her influence to uphold the U.S. Constitution or any respective State Constitution to protect the lawful rights of U.S. born descendants of slavery.

    “There are cases where an individual has been wrongfully treated by his government and about the only way, unless the individual resorts to court, and even in some cases the courts are not able to give proper relief, the only area or avenue open to the individual is through his representative. When you find a bona fide error has been made, I suggest that you make a maximum effort to remedy it. This I feel is a vital and important function of those of us in the House of Representatives”.

    Authors: Donald G. Tacheron and Morris Udall, from the book entitled, “The Job of the Congressman”, pages 65 and 66.

    (The above excerpt “The Job of the Congressman” holds true for any elected office holder, and/or U.S. Citizen.)

    The value of an elected official, without respect to political party affiliation, criminal or civil defense lawyer is gauged by the competency of any of these influential individuals to use the Constitution, the rule of law, tort practice to represent a client, especially a client egregiously violated by the atrocities of government.

    This would be especially the case for any influential individual of the same ethnic identity of the individuals served, because it is not in the best interest of any other ethnic group to be the first to step up to the plate in behalf of the specific ethnic group (Black in this instance) egregiously violated by government who seeks redress in compensation, restitution from the government for the harm done, etc.

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